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It got a little exciting at the end. Something else pretty damn cool happened as well.

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Orlando City SC v Inter Miami CF - MLS Is Back Tournament Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

MLS is finally back after four months off. It’s great to see two sports back during this global pandemic but something far more important happened Wednesday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Reunion, Florida.

MLS/USL

Orlando City SC fell behind early in the second half but rallied in typical dramatic fashion, with the captain netting the winner deep in stoppage time. Orlando City vs. Inter Miami CF: Final Score 2-1 as Nani Wins it Late for Cardiac Cats

Get to know what referee is reffing where and when. MLS is Back Assignments: Group Stage – Professional Referee Organization

The Philadelphia Union captain reflects on life inside the bubble so far.Bedoya: Life inside the bubble ‘eerily quiet’ - Brotherly Game

They aren’t playing yet but Charlotte MLS has announced their first signing. Charlotte MLS announce Spanish midfielder Sergio Ruiz as first signing | MLSsoccer.com

NWSL/WoSo

The Timbers Army and Rose City Riveters are avowedly anti-racist, but BIPOC Timbers and Thorns fans say work remains to make the reality match the message. Race in the 107IST: “We Can Do Better” – Rose City Review

The club called in veteran American soccer designer Matthew Wolff to create a unique look after an initial false start. Behind the creation of Racing Louisville’s new identity – The Athletic ($)

NWSL supporters groups are finding new ways to show their spirit during the pandemic. NWSL fans sent banners to Utah to show support from afar - SBNation.com

Former OL Reign goalkeeper Lydia Williams joins Steph Catley in London. Arsenal sign Australia goalkeeper Lydia Williams | The Telegraph

USA

Our nation was built on dreamers and such is the story of Isaac Kissi. Former Dayton Flyer Isaac Kissi making a difference

World

If you haven’t already signed up to watch the NWSL, now there’s yet another reason for soccer fans to subscribe to CBS All Access. CBS acquires Champions League rights to broadcast 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons - World Soccer Talk

To commemorate the start of its new streaming service, NBC is forcing all Premier League fans to watch their sport there. NBC moving July 15 Premier League streaming matches to Peacock - Cartilage Free Captain

The American defender could be in the mix for a USMNT call-up when international games resume After ‘crazy’ intro to Bayern’s first team, Chris Richards is ready to progress – The Athletic

The FA’s long-awaited ruling has finally come down, and it’s bad news for Tottenham. FA bans Eric Dier four matches for entering stands to confront fan - Cartilage Free Captain

Young Palestinian soccer players, all amputees and many on crutches, were back on the field in Gaza on Tuesday for the first time since coronavirus restrictions. Young Gaza amputees play soccer again after coronavirus curbs eased | News | WKZO